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The report zeroed in on bridges, where all kinds of traffic converge. At six bridges, walkers and bikers made up 16 percent of traffic.
The report does not say whether that percentage has changed over time. That might be something the program studies in the future, she said, along with the gender of cyclists not just during the September count, but during winter months as well.
Funding for Bike Walk Twin Cities was done on a pilot basis. The program will wrap up some of its projects in 2014 and continue its monthly counts as it looks for new funding, Pasiuk said. Data around cars is “voluminous,” she said, while tracking bikers and walkers is “an emerging science.”
“It’s important as we’re making resource decisions to be able to demonstrate that there are road users who are not behind the wheel.”
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